There has been SO MUCH going on in my life right now that I haven't been able to fully talk about but now I can! Today I want to share with you about what God has been doing in mine and my hubby's lives.
Where do I start?
I guess I should start with priorities. Kevin and I have been evaluating our priorities before we were even married. We both agree that God is first - His calling is what matters most. We also agree the family is up there right after God. Our little two person family is the bomb and we're excited to add to it someday! In fact, we would like to in the near future, but want to be closer to my family when we do that. Here are some of our requirements for raising children:
1 // Be surrounded by family - grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. We want our children to have great relationships with their families and it's possible to do from far away but difficult. We'd much prefer to be closer!
2 // Have some land for our children to play and roam freely. I grew up with this. My siblings and I made forts in the woods, threw rocks and sticks, hiked with my dad, went camping, and pretty much had to keep ourselves busy instead of watching TV. I want my children to have this as well.
3 // Live in a laid back culture. Specifically, we love the Texas Hill Country.
4 // Live in an area with great schools so that we have that option if we choose to not homeschool our kids.
I understand that we don't always get what we want or have that opportunity but we've been praying about what that means for us.
We have felt the Lord nudging us to consider moving away from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We always thought we'd end up in the Texas Hill Country where my family is but thought it would be many years from now.
A few serious events have made us consider doing it sooner: our home selling super fast, my hubby wanting to leave his job and us wanting to start trying for children. We were so surprised that our house sold so quickly! We thought, "oh, we'll have plenty of time to think about what's next" but oh no no, 2 days on the market and we were in contract! We also hated leaving our brother-in-law and sister-in-law here but now they are moving! Perfect timing!
After lots of prayer and time with the Lord, we feel a peace about moving down to the Texas Hill Country - specifically the San Antonio area. We need a slower pace of life and love the feel down there. We want to be outside of the city.
Can I just tell you something??? We can stress and stress and stress about our lives but it does us absolutely NO good. God has reminded me not to stress and I'll admit, it's been really difficult. We just sold our house after selling my condo one year before. I had just gotten settled in the house AND marriage! We're only 10 months in, folks! :)
On Monday evening, I spent some time in the Word while doing my No Other Gods study that I'm doing remotely with Kendra and Kayla. I read Numbers 13 about the Israelites still wandering in the desert, hoping to eventually make it to the Promised Land - the Middle Eastern Hill Country, Scripture says. Moses sends some of the leaders ahead to check out this Promised Land to get the scoop. They definitely find a land flowing with milk and honey - full of abundance - but it's occupied by "giants" and a large number of people. They come back afraid and discouraged. The Israelites start complaining and groaning and saying they wish they were back in Egypt where they were slaves. Really?!
The Lord PROMISED them this land, yet they let fear get in the way. They were choosing slavery over God's promises. I am SO guilty of this! In this whole process of moving to San Antonio, I've let fear drive me. I'm afraid to leave my friends here, I'm afraid of leaving our church, our small group, my great job, our little neighborhood. I see milk and honey ahead yet I fear what it takes to get there.
It was in this moment that God told me to stop worrying and to be at peace about moving to San Antonio. HE would provide, HE would get us jobs, HE would give us friends.
So after 9 years of living in the DFW area and Kevin being here all of his life, we're stepping out on faith and moving 5 hours south! I'll be continuing work in Dallas until October 3 (with a little vacation in the middle) and Kevin will be spending time with his awesome grandpa up in Oklahoma. It'll be tough to be away from him but it makes the most sense right now. Kevin quit his job this week and feels such a relief! I'm excited for him!
We have financially prepared for this and are 100% debt free now that the house is sold! Woo hoo!!! We have AMAZING friends that are letting us live with them in this time of transition.
We're sad to leave the DFW area as we have so many amazing friends up here and the most amazing church ever. Gosh I hope there's a church like IBC down in San Antonio! Shoot...Kevin and I met at IBC...my life would be very different without it.
I ask for your prayers in finding jobs down there - we're already searching though we won't be down there until mid-October. Once we do that, we'll find a place to live.
This is one of the biggest changes in my life besides becoming a Christian and getting married. I'm anxious but so excited about what God is planning! Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words!!!